Areas of Practice
“You cannot travel back in time to fix your mistakes, but you can learn from them and forgive yourself for not knowing better.”
In my Coquitlam counselling office (or through videoconferencing), I offer solution-focused counselling in many areas, and not all of them are listed on this page. However, the most common issues that I come across in practice are listed below. Here, below, is some brief information about each topic, and you will find a link to further pages with more detail.
Depression is a major worldwide health problem for both men and women, although it’s often not talked about openly. Depression is a mood disorder in which one feels a persistent sadness and hopelessness that can interfere with daily functioning.
It is not necessary to suffer in silence. Treatment is available for depression and you can feel better.
Anxiety is the human response to danger. It is a feeling of fear or unease that prepares you for “fight or flight.” Sometimes, anxiety can be severe enough to compromise your day-to-day normal functioning. If that’s the case, then you should seek treatment.
There is effective treatment available for anxiety.
Some individuals may go through devastating experiences in their pasts from which they have not recovered. Trauma counselling can help you to put your experiences into a better perspective and move on to live a happy and productive life.
Men can have problems that are specific to them and different from problems that women may have. Men benefit from counselling on love relationships, families, work, and/or recreation. There may be issues with fulfillment, commitment, security, and obligations, just to name a few things. I specialize in counselling men.
Some people have a major problem with decision making whether decisions are large or small. Counselling can help resolve these problems.
Solution-focused therapy was pioneered by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the early 1980s. It is a non-normative approach as the counsellor offers no theory or views as to what the client should do. The client defines the focus of the counselling session. The basic tenet of solution-focused therapy is that the clients have innate strengths and resilience to come up with solutions to their problems. There must have been times when the problems were not present or not as serious. The emphasis of working with the clients is not on understanding the problems but on finding solutions to the problems. It is solution finding as opposed to problem solving. Solution-focused therapy is forward-thinking and goal oriented.
These issues noted above are just a few of the areas in which I offer counselling.
If you would like to talk to me about counselling or you have any questions, please contact me via my contact page.